The Treasury Department has informed seven members of Congress that their districts' large increases in unemployment last year will not allow them to issue more Recovery Zone bonds because the stimulus law dictates that allocations of the bonds are to be based on decreases in employment.

In separate but identical letters sent to the lawmakers, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told them that if they think the formula for the allocations is unfair because it does not take increases in unemployment into account, they need to turn to Congress for a statutory fix.

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